On Wednesday Politico had an extensive story detailing the millions of dollars in federal jobs and contracts that Obama has given his donors proving once again that Obama is less “hope and change” and more of the same old Democrat, back room corruption.
Obama sailed into office pretending that he would get rid of “special interests” and would banish lobbyists from his administration. His promise to be rid of lobbyists in Washington lasted about 25 seconds as almost immediately, upon taking office, Obama began to systematically ignore his promise not to hire lobbyists and started hiring them right and left.
Now, with the Politico report, we see that he has also engaged in a campaign of rewarding his big donors with ambassadorships and federal contracts netting his pals billions collectively. So much for hope-n-change.
How’s this for the “new way” in Washington…
More than two years after Obama took office vowing to banish “special interests” from his administration, nearly 200 of his biggest donors have landed plum government jobs and advisory posts, won federal contracts worth millions of dollars for their business interests or attended numerous elite White House meetings and social events, an investigation by iWatch News has found.
The iWatch report finds several things. Over one third of Obama’s big donors have found themselves with jobs in his administration (purely by accident, I am sure). Many more have made millions by being connected to the businesses that Obama’s policies have favored. Further, some big donors have gotten plum jobs overseas as Ambassadors for being Obama moneymen.
Now, let’s not pretend that Obama is doing things worse, or differently than any other president has done. Giving away ambassadorships to pals, filling jobs with campaign donors, helping lobbyists for favored industries make millions, all these things are common as dirt in Washington. Every president has done this to one extent or another. So, I am not faulting Obama for doing the same thing the rest of them have done.
But the problem is, he ran against these things specifically. He went out of his way to say that he’d end these practices. But he’s made no effort at all to do so. He’s been just as lavish with his powers to reward his buddies, donors, and lobbyists as any president ever has. Maybe more so.
It just proves once again that Barack Obama is little else but smoke and mirrors, a liar of the highest order.